Top 5 Happy Hour Hot Spots on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

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Every hour is happy hour when you are vacationing in sunny Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and staying at the luxurious Bay View on the Boardwalk. Located on the popular Myrtle Beach Boardwalk in the downtown district, Bay View on the Boardwalk is only a short oceanfront stroll from several local restaurants and bars that go the extra mile to make happy hour special.

The sad truth is that happy hour used to be forbidden under South Carolina law, and some local establishments still won't budge on offering discounted food and drinks during afternoon hours. Perhaps it's because they know they are going to do brisk business without the incentive, but more and more downtown cafes have added great happy hour deals in recent years.

Savvy visitors have learned to take full advantage of the happy hour specials, especially after spending a long day on the beach and poolside. All that sun and fun can build up a serious thirst and hunger, and Bay View on the Boardwalk guests don't have to walk very far down the Boardwalk to find some excellent happy hour food and drink specials.

Whether you are looking for the perfect beach bar to belly up to for a few beers or a more upscale establishment for some frozen drinks and sushi, you can find it all along the 1.3-mile stretch of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Here are some of our guests' favorite hot spots for happy hour, along with some of the establishments’ discounted beer, wine, drink and food specials:

* 8th Ave Tiki Bar & Grill: This oceanfront bar doesn't have to offer one of the best happy hour specials in town, but it does anyway. From 4 to 7 p.m. every day of the week, “8th Ave” (as it is known to regulars) offers $2 domestic beers, $3 well cocktails, $4 house wines and 20 percent off appetizers, including $5 Loaded Cheese Fries and $9 Calzones. The patio deck features excellent ocean views, plus perfect people-watching opportunities.

* Atlas Tap House: Craft beer fans might want to make the short trip one block inland from the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk to this old beach house converted into a neighborhood pub. On Mondays through Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m., Atlas Tap House offers its entire selection of craft beers from $3.50 to $5, and house liquor drinks for only $4. Grab a table in the backyard bar area, hang out with some locals and enjoy Atlas Tap House's delicious tacos and barbecue sliders for $5.

* Dirty Don's Oyster Bar & Grill: This local chain recently opened its downtown location near Plyler Park, bringing its famous oyster roasts to the masses on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. From 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, Dirty Don's offers 50-cent oysters, peel-and-eat shrimp, mussels, clams and chicken wings. Wash them down with discounted drink specials, including $2 domestic drafts and $2.50 domestic bottles.

* Pier View Open Air Bar: The southernmost spot on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk offers one of the best views in town. Located high atop the Second Avenue Pier, this seagulls' nest lets patrons relax on cozy furniture and look down and out at the Atlantic Ocean while enjoying tasty drinks and appetizers. Happy hour is held daily from 4 to 7 p.m. and features $2 Bud and Bud Light drafts and $3 houses wines and liquor drinks.

* Pier 14: From one end of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk to the other, your 1.3-mile pub crawl features piers as bookends. On the north end, Pier 14 offers an excellent spot to take a break before beginning your journey back toward Bay View on the Boardwalk. From 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, Pier 14 offers half-price drink specials, including $2 domestic drafts and $3 house liquors. The kitchen serves $5 appetizers, such as Mozzarella Sticks, Calamari, Wings and Shark Bites.

After filling up and chilling out, stroll back to your vacation home away from home at Bay View on the Boardwalk and get ready for another exciting night in Myrtle Beach.